This book would not have been possible without the support of the many people who have sustained my work both in Italy and Spain throughout the years.

First of all, I wish to thank Franco Amatori, who since the very beginning has enthusiastically supported this research, and provided untiring guidance as part of a rich path of personal and professional learning, of which this book represents only one of the major achievements. His valuable suggestions, his trust and his daily encouragement have been indispensable in allowing me to take my first steps toward completing this work with confidence and to face up to the small and big obstacles that presented themselves during the research.

I am also grateful to Albert Carreras, whose ...

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